The talented Elijah Wood plays neuroticism and nervousness to perfection in "Grand Piano". But the film owes more debt to recent thrillers such as "Phone Booth" than it does to Hitchcock like the blurbs about it purport. Wood’s nuanced performance marks the highlight in an otherwise implausible film setting.
Tom Selznick (Wood) is a concert pianist returning to the stage after many years of not playing. Through dialogue in the first 15 minutes, we learn that Tom has severe stage fright and had a breakdown many years ago after a bad performance. As he enters the stage, he reads the words "play one note wrong and you die" written in his sheet music.
From here, we get the unseen killer scenario, where only Tom can hear the unlikely commands via a Bluetooth. It’s a frenzied approach that doesn’t work well.
But not all is mundane in "Grand Piano", however. One memorable film sequence homages the great split scene scheme that director Brian DePalma would be proud of. As Wood plays onstage, a separate murder montage takes place and provides a nail-biting experience.
Blu-ray extras are plentiful for "Grand Piano" and for a film that barely made two thousand dollars at the box office, it’s commendable. Other Blu-ray releases should take heed of these 9 features! Among them are a 16-minute making-of feature, along with interviews of Wood and director Eugenio Mira. There are also examinations of the soundtrack, stunts, visual effects, and music coaches...it’s a bit exhausting but thrills more than watching "Grand Piano" itself.